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Light of the Spirit Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Co-produced by Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, The Light of the Spirit blends cinematic melodies and images from nature to explore spiritual aspects of the life cycle. Featuring an ensemble of musicians and digitally remastered tracks, The Light of the Spirit is an enthralling exploration of melodic imagery and includes the Grammy nominated song, ‘The Field’.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Domo Records
  • ASIN: B000005WOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I probably own a good deal more Kitaro than I should, but I have never been able to keep from buying discs I haven't seen before when they show up on the resale tables. The unfortunate result is that, other than a few favorites (and a few I can't stand) I really don't have a clear idea of what I've got. The Light Of The Spirit is such a case in point. I bought it about 10 years ago, probably listened to it twice and then forgot it. Now, 17 years after it was issued, I've been listening to it and wondering how I could have let it gather so much dust.
The Light Of The Spirit is a 'project' disc, composed and performed as a unit by Kitaro and a large group of fellow musicians. As the title suggests it is more or less metaphysical in content and theme. I was originally tempted to describe the style as 'typical' Kitaro, when I suddenly realized that in 1987 Kitaro was style quite a ways from having a typical streak.
In any case it is primarily electronic with enough acoustic fusion elements to keep it from being all out space music. Kitaro has a knack for creating long drawn out melodies that are easily accessible but which never quite cross the fine line into bubblegum. In this album a lot of thought has gone into the composition and arrangement - kind of a cross between meditation and mentation.
There are a few exceptions to the general trend, notably the title song, which combines voice, guitar, and Kitaro's inevitable theramin to produce something quite special. Another is In The Beginning, which, once you get past the initial ocean effects turns into something like a new age march to glory. Hard to describe, but great fun to audition.
I like this album more than I do Silk Road, probably because the latter has been played, arranged, and orchestrated to death.
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1987's "Light of the Spirit" was the first Kitaro CD that I ever purchased, and today I look back on it as one of the classic recordings of the new age/electronic music genre - taking it's place alongside the best works of Tangerine Dream & Vangelis. I had first heard Kitaro during a TV appearance and was blown away by his majestic/mystical sound. I can't remember the name of the song played, but it certainly made an impression - I was even quite impressed that an instrumental synth artist was even getting television airtime AT ALL! Next day I went to the CD shop searching from something for this mysterious artist, and "Light of the Spirit" was the first disc to catch my eye. To give a bit of historical perspective, this disc was realeased during what could be called the 'popular heyday' of the (then) budding 'new age music' scene. The fact that this title was originally released by Geffen Records (a major, commercial label) gives some indication as to how popular Kitaro & other new age artists were at the time...Remember when all the records stores suddenly had a large "new age" section?...Remember when you could turn your TV set to VH-1 for a show called "New Visions", where you could regularly see concept videos, interviews, and/or concert clips of such quality instrumental artists as Kitaro, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Andreas Vollenweider, Patrick Moraz, & Suzanne Cianni?...It's true, there was such a time! What are your chances of catching of catching Kitaro on VH-1 today?..Slim to none!!!Read more ›
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This is an awesome album, the one with their pure drum sequence... worthy of everyone's music library. CDs are better than MP3s because the rights stay with the disk for the disk's life, not the life of a person.
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How do you review a force of nature? You can't, any more than you can review Mozart, Beethoven, or the Beatles. Like those artists, Kitaro started with an already popular form of music and transformed it into something so entirely different that there is no way to describe the difference in words. In my opinion this album is one of his greatest masterpieces.
Turn off the lights, lean back and listen to the images he creates. Unlike some other new age artists, he will not put you to sleep, but after the last note sounds you will feel like you have been dreaming for the last hour.
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I just gotta say I love the whole album but one song in particular stimulates the depths of my soul every time my mind hears it and that song is "THE FIELD". Please do your spiritual essence a favor and feed your mind music that is worth feeding!!! You will be glad you did when you see the results of this music and meditation combined!!!PEACE.
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If you've never seen him live, be prepared for his urchin appearance, and if you've never heard him, be ready for a multilayered musical kaleidescopal experience. His music reminds me of running through the Japanese gardens in Fort Worth, Texas at the Botanical Gardens Arboretum. I am back at that place everytime I listen to Kitaro and I also begin to search for 106.1 "Theee Oasis" on the radio with such personalities as Charlie Jones, Janel, and Tempe Lindsey. Ah, those were the days. But it's so nice to have Kitaro anytime you need that Asian fix. A true master.
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